Translation Times Turns Four

Time sure does fly. It seems like yesterday that we were debating whether the world really needed another translation (and interpreting) blog, and  here we are. We've had a lot of fun throughout the years, and it's been a pleasure to share the (useful) stuff that we know with colleagues, clients and friends.

We've never (at least not yet) run out of ideas to share, and it's been really enjoyable to start thinking like bloggers and to keep our blog in mind when learning new information. We are always asking ourselves: would this be useful for our readers? How can we present it in a concise, easy-to-read way? Granted, it's quite a bit of work, but it's worth it.

Here's a brief overview of the Translation Times adventure:
  • 4 years (launched in September 2008)
  • 389 posts (some not published yet)
  • 312,218  page views
  • Winner, Top Languages Professional Blog, 2011
  • Most popular blog posts:  The True Spirit of Christmas: Helping a Colleague Recover (3,581 page views), Your Courtroom Ally (2,991 page views) and What Interpreters Really Do (1,683 page views)
  • Spam comments by people who want to promote their own products: too many too count
  • Hours spent writing posts and managing the blog: roughly 1-2 hours/week
  • Size of our team: 3. Thomas Gruber is our tech guru and he's constantly finding and testing new software for us to share with our readers
  • Companies who ask to do guest posts under the pretense of selling their services: too many to count
  • Most important achievement: raising $11,000 for a colleague in need with the help of all our readers. We'd like to once again thank you, from the bottom of our hearts!
We look forward to many more years of blogging. Will you help us celebrate? Leave a comment if you like our blog! Is there anything else you would like us to write about? We are happy to oblige. Just let us know. 


Tolken on September 24, 2012 at 10:20 PM said...

Happy birthday! I really enjoy your blog and think you're doing a great job. The fundraising was truly awesome. I think you were so professional from the start, for me that's a lesson to learn, in my blogging I was much more hesitant in the beginning. I don't think I've read you from the first post, but for many years in any case, and I really like what you write.

Elisa said...

Congratulations on your blog's birthday! :) I find your posts really interesting, nice to read, professional, with lots of helpful insights. A must-read and an inspiration for all of us freelancers who want to take good care of their own business!
Thank you, and keep up the good work, I will definitely keep on reading!

Anonymous said...

So... buon compleanno!!! which means 'happy birthday' in Italian and thanks for your posts, they've been truly inspirational. I often refer fellow translators to your blog if they're in search for good advice.

Judy Jenner and Dagmar Jenner on September 25, 2012 at 7:47 AM said...

@Chiara: thank you so much! We are getting ready to blow out the candles. Thanks for your sweet comment; it made our day!

Judy Jenner and Dagmar Jenner on September 25, 2012 at 7:48 AM said...

@Elisa: thank you, thank you. You have no idea how happy it makes us that our colleagues like our work. It's been a pleasure to write this blog!

Judy Jenner and Dagmar Jenner on September 25, 2012 at 7:49 AM said...

@Tolken: awwww... we are blushing a bit here. Thanks for reading and for your wonderful comment.

Megan Onions on September 25, 2012 at 7:50 AM said...

Happy Blog Birthday!

Your blog has become one of the most popular sources of advice for new and established linguists alike, and with good reason. Thank you for writing and encouraging people like myself to start a blog!

Best wishes from a fellow translation blogger :)


Corinne McKay on September 25, 2012 at 9:45 AM said...

Happy birthday Translation Times, and we look forward to many more years of blogging!

Judy Jenner and Dagmar Jenner on September 25, 2012 at 11:59 AM said...

@Megan: thanks so much, Megan! We will be sure to read and comment more on your awesome blog as well.

@Corinne: thank you, dear Corinne. You are one of the awesome friends and colleagues who inspired us to start blogging in the first place.

Olga Arakelyan on September 26, 2012 at 6:10 AM said...

Hi Judy and Dagmar! Congratulations! Keep up the great work! :)

Unknown on September 26, 2012 at 7:47 AM said...

In dog years, TT would be 28! I have enjoyed reading your poignant articles. It inspires me to plan to write more and post it, since the other half of AITI does the writing. See you at ATA53.

Judy Jenner and Dagmar Jenner on September 26, 2012 at 9:17 AM said...

@Olga: thank you so much! We will keep it up, we promise. Keep on reading!

Judy Jenner and Dagmar Jenner on September 26, 2012 at 9:18 AM said...

@Emily: whew, in doggie years, we are ancient. Thanks for your sweet note, and yes, see you at ATA 53. Looking forward to seeing you and to eating cookies. Hehe.

Kevin Lossner on September 26, 2012 at 12:40 PM said...

20 vBrowil
Time flies indeed. I think it's about the same time for me, though I did think you two had been blogging much longer. Thank you for going the distance; I have enjoyed your contributions these four years.

Judy Jenner and Dagmar Jenner on September 26, 2012 at 3:59 PM said...

@Kevin: does it feel like 10 minutes under water, hehe? One our favorite casino clients loved to say that. You are right, thought, it does feel longer, but not in an under-the-water kind of way. We thoroughly enjoy your blog as well and look forward to many more years of it! Are you going to Berlin? Dagy is headed there tomorrow.

Jennifer Bikkál Horne on September 26, 2012 at 6:49 PM said...

Happy birthday!! I love your blog. Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge with us :-)

Judy Jenner and Dagmar Jenner on September 27, 2012 at 10:23 AM said...

@Jen: thank so much! Your own blog is awesome, too. We will be sure to swing on over and read and put in our 2 cents as well. :)

Dolores on October 1, 2012 at 6:40 AM said...

Congrats on your birthday Judy and Daggy! and Thomas!
This is great and I really enjoy reading every single part of this fantastic blog and all the super useful tips and ideas you always share with us!
An enormous heart that is always open and ready to help! YOU ARE GREAT!
HEAPS OF LUCK for many years to come!

Judy Jenner and Dagmar Jenner on October 1, 2012 at 11:56 AM said...

@Dolores: Thank you so much, amiga. We really appreciate your enthusiasm for our blog. Muchos saludos/besos a Argentina.

Elisa said...

Since you asked for suggestions about topics we'd be interested in, I was wondering if you could share some details of your five-step quality assurance process, or maybe some tips to develop our own.
Thank you so much for your precious dedication to this blog and to our wonderful profession! :)

Judy Jenner and Dagmar Jenner on October 14, 2012 at 10:05 PM said...

@Elisa: Excellent suggestion! Will do. We just made a note to have a future blog post about this. Thanks for commenting and for your very sweet note. We really appreciate it.

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